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Student Organizations

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)

SCEC is the student organization affiliate of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), which is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

The mission of the Vanderbilt Chapter of SCEC is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to enhance professional development in the community and at the annual CEC conference, as well as to participate in service activities which focus on children with exceptionalities in the greater Nashville community. In addition to sponsoring member participation in the annual CEC conference, the SCEC sponsors colloquia with guest lecturers to discuss important topics in special education.


Vanderbilt Association for Behavior Analysis (VABA)

The mission of VABA is to assist students and faculty interested in behavior analysis with access to the behavior analytic community through sponsorship of well-known and contemporary speakers in the field, and by providing opportunities to prepare for and attend behavior analytic meetings and conferences.

These opportunities are enhanced by the dissemination of new research-based technology and additional key information for applications. Additionally, we pursue specific opportunities for collaboration and brainstorming related to behavior analytic research.

VABA also provides skill-building opportunities to the community by offering workshops, continuing education, and user-friendly materials directed at enhancing quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illness, as well as those who serve supportive roles for these individuals. We hope to augment the overall performance of our members so they can contribute to the Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt University, the field of behavior analysis, and the greater global community.